by Brad Stine
Children aren’t born with manners. No, they have to learn them. In every area of life, from how to play nice with each other, how not to hit, or even how to eat in front of others.
At the dinner table untrained children burp and talk with their mouth full. That’s why it is incumbent on adults to teach them the ways of polite society. Those of us adults that still believe in common cultural courtesy have to model for them good behavior.
Unfortunately this seems to apply to many adults as well. Apparently, I’ve come to realize, I am the last man on earth to still use a turn signal every time I turn or change lanes, even if no one is behind me.
Trying to model courteous behavior along with the fact that signaling is a law and is supposed to be utilized seems to be useless effort on my part but the principle of the thing warrants my continued observance. People who don’t use their turn signal’s are like children at the dinner table.
Remember all behavior has consequences and sometimes it’s important to play bad behavior out to its logical conclusion in order to assess its ramifications. For example, what if ignoring all laws and/or courtesy became the new norm for all of our behavior?
We just make it up as we go. Remember rudeness is pride, as in it’s all about me. To not signal is not only lazy, rude and illegal but it is dangerous.
Now we all have to anticipate someone merging into our lane without giving us a heads up. What kind of an ego has convinced itself that a) they’re more important than us and b) we should become mind readers if we decide to drive our cars?
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